Friday, August 11, 2006

Motorola Gains on Nokia

Electronic News writes that according to iSuppli, "Motorola (MOT) continued its Q2 momentum for mobile phones yet again, with its shipments increasing by 5.8 million units during the period." The report "ranked Motorola the second largest, with 51.9 million units shipped in Q2, up 12.6 percent from the 46.1 million shipped in Q1. Motorola also won market share, with that number rising to 23 percent in Q2 from 21 percent in Q1."

Tina Teng at iSuppli said, “U.S.-based Motorola continues to benefit from strong demand for its line of thin form-factor phones, most notably its wildly successful RAZR. About 40 percent of Motorola’s second-quarter unit shipments were of its trademark thin form-factor phones, and 32.8 percent were RAZRs. Motorola’s market-share gains were most notable in China, North America and India.”

iSuppli found that "Nokia’s (NOK) shipments increased 4.4 percent sequentially for Q2 to a slightly better performance than that of the overall market, giving the Finnish company an additional point of market share to 35 percent. Nokia’s shipments totaled 78.4 million units in Q2 compared to 75.1 million in Q1." The firm "attributed Nokia’s Q2 success to improvements in its mobile-phone product portfolio and to rising sales in Europe, China and the Asia/Pacific countries."

Samsung "suffered a significant setback in Q2 due to disappointing overseas sales," with the "company’s biggest shipment decline came from Europe. Overall shipments fell to 26.3 million units in Q2, down 9.3 percent from 29 million in Q1. The company’s market share also fell by a point to 12 percent."

According to iSuppli, "Sony Ericsson posted the largest percentage increase in mobile-phone shipments among the top five players. The company’s unit shipments rose to 15.8 million in Q2, up 18.8 percent from 13.3 million in Q1. iSuppli said the company has been making gains with its Walkman line of mobile phones, which accounted for 25 percent of its unit shipments in Q2."

Sony Ericsson surpased LG Electronics to take fourth place in the market. "LG Electronics slid to fifth place on a 1.9 percent decline in unit shipments due to competition in the U.S. market with rival Motorola. However, the company’s most-talked-about mobile phone, Chocolate, is gaining popularity. The model is expected to be available in the U.S. market in the fourth quarter and should help boost the company’s results in the near future."